BONIFAY - Hard work pays off. And cadets in Holmes County High School's JROTC received a special reward after demonstrating determination to meet their goals.
The 11 cadets in the JROTC program were granted a free trip to watch the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars vs Atlanta Falons game in Jacksonville on Aug. 29.
"Most cadets will not attend a college football game, let alone an NFL game," First Sergeant Randy Burlew said in a news release. "Making memories and dreams come true for cadets in his JROTC program to be able to perform at the NFL level is priceless."
At the game, cadets presented the colors for the National Anthem.
Cadet Major Tristen Nored commanded the Blue Devil Color Guard as they presented the colors, the state flag was carried by Cadet Private First Class Austin Kanzlemar, the right rifle was carried by Cadet Corporal Haylee Chesnut, and the left rifle was carried by Cadet Corporal Jackie Powell.
In addition to private dressing rooms, for their service, they received commemorative Jaguar coins and an opportunity to meet, greet and dine with the Jaguar staff.
As the four cadets posted the colors on the field, the other seven - including six freshmen- watched from the stands.
Burlew said the cadets were being rewarded for their performance of setting the standards by being the first cadets to pass their rank test to get promoted to private, having all their paper work turned in on time and being highly motivated in class.